The One Carb Dermatologists Say You Should STOP Having Because It Causes Hair Loss

June 11, 2019 by SheFinds Health
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Our diet plays a crucial role in the overall health and appearance of our hair, skin, and nails. In fact, research shows that certain foods can contribute to conditions like thinning hair. “[Lifeless hair] is usually coming from the inside out,” says Michael Stranko, a hair stylist at Hair Designs by Karen Greb in Pittsburgh, who credits a poor diet with unhealthy strands. “When you aren’t getting a proper nutrition it … comes out through the hair.”

Eating refined carbs like bagels that are made with white flour and stripped of their nutrients hinder hair growth and negatively impact the health of your hair. These foods are also low in protein, which is essential for stronger strands. “If you don’t have enough protein, you can end up having hair that is dry and thinner. Protein is the building block for … keratin,” says Dr. Debra Wattenberg, a New York City dermatologist at NY Skin Rx.

Dermatologist Francesca J. Fusco, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, lists lean meat, fish, poultry, and beans as excellent sources of protein and recommends eating foods that are high in iron, zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids to stop excess hair shedding. “The great news is that with proper diet and supplementation, this type of hair loss is reversible,” she tells

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